Sniping 2 minutes early

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19 Apr, 2013 08:38 PM

This seems strange to me, Jbidwatcher shows the correct amount of time left in the auction.
I have the config set to snipe 15 seconds before the auction ends and it is placing the bid about 2 minutes
and 15 seconds before the auction ends.

As I say it seems quite strange and I dont see any other option to tweak.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by cyberfox on 21 Apr, 2013 12:21 AM

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    Are you specifically seeing it _failing_ the bid at 2 minutes and 15
    seconds out, or are you seeing the bid actually on eBay's servers at 2
    minutes and 15 seconds out? (And can you give me an item number where it
    successfully placed the bid at 2 minutes 15 seconds out?)

    I ask because JBidwatcher does a 'pre-bid' at 2 minutes from your snipe
    time, where it submits your bid to eBay to get the confirmation page (just
    like when you bid on eBay, JBidwatcher first has to retrieve the
    confirmation page, then do the equivalent of clicking 'OKAY' on the
    confirmation page). In order to do the least amount of work at the snipe
    time (less work == less chance to fail) it pre-snipes at 2 minutes.

    HOWEVER, if your snipe price is under the actual bid price at 2 minutes
    out, eBay will refuse to give a confirmation screen, instead erroring back
    with a bid-too-low message, which JBidwatcher dutifully reports back. So
    it can seem like it sniped early, but what it instead did is recognize an
    underbid early.

    If, however, you are seeing successfully placed bids showing up at 2
    minutes and 15 seconds out, then I will need your log files and the item
    numbers that had that happen to them.

    Thanks very much, and best of luck with your auctions!

    -- Morgan Schweers, Cyber**FOX**!

  2. 2 Posted by minyard on 21 Apr, 2013 07:06 PM

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    Ah, now it all makes sense. Yes it is returning the bid to low message!
    And the prebid makes sense as you want to be all set up ahead of time
    and just send the final confirmation.
    It's nice to understand how it works under the covers!

    I was doing a multisnipe on my first day of using the program.
    I actually ended up later in the day winning an auction for a cell phone
    for $45 which generally goes in the $58-$73 range

    Thank you very much for clearing that up.
    I especially like the multisnipe, subtraction of shipping costs from the bid, and not having to give out my passwords to a third party! All great features.

    Thanks Morgan
    Regards Gordon

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